No person shall operate or be in physical control of any vessel underway, or manipulate any water skis or similar device, if the person is under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. Alcohol and drugs cause impaired balance, blurred vision, poor coordination, impaired judgment (you're more inclined to take risks when drinking), and slower reaction times. Alcohol contributes to about one-third of all fatal boating accidents nationwide.
- Ohio law states that a person is considered to be operating a vessel under the influence of alcohol or drugs if he or she:
- Has a blood or breath alcohol concentration of 0.08% or greater or...
- Is under the influence of any controlled substance or any other drug, or any combination of alcohol, controlled substance, or drugs that renders that person incapable of operating safely.
- Ohio law further states a person under 21 years of age is considered to be under the influence if his or her blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is at or above 0.02%.